York and North Yorkshire have played numerous major roles in movies and television. The backdrop can vary depending on the scene: sometimes it’s the city, other times it’s the breath-taking North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, or one of the numerous historic homes like Castle Howard and Newby Hall. See how many you can name by reading on.
Numerous locations in Harry Potter
There are numerous ‘Harry Potter’ connections in this area, including the theory that “Diagon Alley” may have been inspired by The Shambles in York’s city centre. The York Railway Station pedestrian bridge is mentioned in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. Harry boards The Hogwarts Express there, which also serves as Kings Cross station. The Hogwarts Express arrives at Hogsmeade at Goathland Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at the other end of the railway.
Any actor would be pleased of the array of TV and movie credits for Castle Howard, which lies close to Malton. Costume dramas like ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’, ‘Victoria’, and the Netflix sensation ‘Bridgerton’ are included. Its appearance as the Marchmain family home in not one, but two versions of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited’ may be its most well-known function.
Newby Hall, which is close to Ripon, is immediately behind Castle Howard. The first season of ‘Peaky Blinders’ features it. Peaky Blinders took the world by storm ever since its introduction as a Netflix series. Many fans were inspired by their sense of fashion with a lot of men wearing hats and caps like stars from the show. The series was also an inspiration to games such as the online slot by Pragmatic Play, developer to some of the best new slots in the UK.
In 2012, they filmed sequences in the gardens, billiards room, and cellars at this location too. The Birmingham Museum was located in the statue gallery. Billie Piper starred in ITV’s 2007 adaption of Jane Austin’s ‘Mansfield Park,’ which was shot entirely at the Hall.
The events that take place on a single evening at the Birling family’s country home are the focus of the BBC’s 2015 television movie adaptation of JB Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. They dined at Scampston Hall, which is close to Malton.
York City Centre
From the very first series of Sally Wainwright’s BBC drama ‘Gentleman Jack,’ the production team used York’s revered homes and well-preserved structures. The interior of Vere Cameron’s London mansion, played by Lister’s old girlfriend, was depicted in the first season of Gentleman Jack as Fairfax House, a Georgian merchant’s house on Castlegate turned museum.
The Grays Court Hotel and Holy Trinity Church on Goodramgate, where Anne Lister and her girlfriend Ann Walker exchanged rings and made their vows, were also used in the filming.
Close to Selby
‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’, a 2019 Hollywood action film, spent a week in the fall filming on location at the abandoned Eggborough power station in Selby.
The cooling towers and surrounding area are used to represent “the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl” in the movie, which stars The Rock, Idris Elba, and Jason Statham.